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Experts warning about wildfire season after lawn-mower sparks Pasco fire

Experts warning about wildfire season after lawn-mower sparks Pasco fire

PASCO, Wash. — Fire leaders say some years fire-season just starts early-- and so far, 2018 looks to be one of those years-- as one Pasco property-owner learned today.

The man was mowing a fire-break when something under his recently-fueled riding-mower caught fire, spreading to the field he was clearing.

Pasco Firefighters told Action News dead vegetation from last year makes excellent fuel and if this Spring is a dry one, we could have another wildfire season like last year.

That's why Fire Chief Mike Harris said you need to be prepared before heading out, even if your Spring Cleanup doesn't involve a controlled burn.

“Build a firebreak, have water available, keep your piles small, and watch for the wind," Harris advised. "It doesn’t take much to carry a small, controlled-burn through vegetation. We see it every year.”

Pasco Firefighters recommend keeping the yard space around your house green and clear of debris, including wood-piles

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